Senegalese President Macky Sall and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa have called out the United Nations for denying Africa, a continent with 54 countries and a combine population of 1.3 billion people a permanent seat at the security council.
According to them, the arrangement which merely allocates just two to three non-permanent seats to Africa upon all its resources and numbers qualifies as an “injustice” towards the continent.
Speaking at a forum in Senegal on Tuesday, December 7, 2021, Senegalese President Macky Sall said “it is unfair that the African continent, with 54 countries, is not represented as a permanent member of the Security Council. With South Africa, with all the other countries, we will continue to fight to stop this injustice to Africa.”
His South African counterpart, Cyril Ramaphosa also added that, “we want fairness, we want Africa to be well-represented and to be heard, because it cannot be fair that 1.3 billion people’s views and thoughts cannot be heard at that high level in the same way that the views of the countries which have the veto right are heard.”
Currently, Kenya, Tunisia and Niger are the only three African countries holding temporal seats at the council. According to the rotational arrangement, Gabon and Ghana will replace Tunisia and Niger on the 1st of January 2022.
The two presidents made such remarks during a security forum organized to advocate for Peace and Security in Africa. The Forum is being held in Senegal.